Universal Studios Orlando Made Simple – A Quick and Easy Guide for Planning

Universal Studios has quickly become the most popular theme park in Orlando. Here at OrlandoVacation.com we have been selling theme park tickets since 1993 and in our early days for every 10 guest who bought Walt Disney World tickets 1 would buy a Universal Studios vacation ticket. Oh how times have changed!

The Parks at Universal Studios Resort Orlando

Universal is comprised of two theme parks (Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure), Volcano Bay, a grand waterpark, and City Walk, a unique downtown area with live entertainment every night and many other fun activities. There is no admission required for City Walk, and you can choose between a single park ticket that covers either Universal Studios Orlando or Islands of Adventure, or a pass that allows access to two parks or all three parks. OrlandoVacation.com guarantees the lowest prices on theme park tickets, so be sure to buy them ahead of time or you’ll pay more at the gate.

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Universal Studios Theme Park Orlando

This is the original park, and is considered the flagship for the Universal Orlando Resort. It is known as the premier movie and TV based theme park, with many thrilling theme park rides, backstage tours and views of props from such popular movies as Twister, Jaws, Spiderman, Hulk, and many many more.

A portion of the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter attraction is in Universal Studios and you may ride Hogwarts Express to go from Universal Studios to the other portion of the Harry Potter attraction which sits in Islands of Adventure. If you have small children, then Universal Studios is a must see!

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Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Islands of Adventure first opened in 1999, it was once called “the most technological theme park” in the world. With high expectations like this, many wondered if it could live up to the hype. It only takes one trip to see that it certainly has!

Islands of Adventure is also home to the incredibly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is fun for anyone who wants to get lost in a world of fantasy. In the Summer of 2014, Diagon Alley, a huge expansion, was officially open to the public. The Harry Potter Attraction is the single biggest attraction to open in Orlando in the past 20 years.

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Volcano Bay

The third major theme park at Universal Studios is set to open in the Summer of 2017. With this amazing and technologically advanced theme park, Universal Studios is hoping to build upon its’ success it gained from the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter.

Volcano Bay is being billed as the greatest water theme park in the world. Universal Studios is promising that guest will not have to stand in lines or carry rafts or tubes from ride to ride. If you driven been by Universal Studios lately the water park rides look really impressive as they are nearing completion. We can’t wait for it to open!

Insider’s tip

To get the best value, visit City Walk for a late lunch. You can take advantage of lower pricing for lunch entrees, and with lower crowds, you’ll have a better chance of interacting with the live entertainers.
Whether you have a week to explore everything at Universal, or you’re planning to pack it all into one day, there’s always something new and exciting to uncover

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Universal Orlando Resort™

Universal Orlando Resort™ is comprised of 3 world-class theme parks, including an incredible new water theme park. In addition, the wide variety of restaurants and entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk™, allow you to rest and relax from morning until late at night.

Universal Studios Orlando™ offers a remarkable working film and television production facility, featuring heart-stopping rides, exceptional shows, and attractions galore.

Universal’s Island of Adventure™ offers even more in the way of rides, shows, and attractions…with a focus on adventure. Imagine yourself with superpowers as you hurtle through space on The Incredible Hulk Coaster® on Marvel Super Hero Island®…splash to your heart’s content along with your favorite cartoon characters in Toon Lagoon Universal Orlando Resort™; vacation really is a precious time!

Universal’s Volcano Bay™ will allow you to enjoy as in no other tropical paradise. In this exciting water park you will enjoy a completely new vacation experience and if you wait in long lines.

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Universal Orlando Tickets

Universal Orlando Resort™ Base Tickets

Universal Orlando Base tickets allow you to chose either Universal Studios™  OR Islands of Adventure™ for 1 Park per day.

Universal Orlando™ 2-Park Park-to-Park Multi-Day Tickets

2 Park, Park-to-Park tickets are valid for Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Guests may visit both parks in the same day. Volcano Bay is not included.

Universal Orlando Resort™ 3-Park Park-to-Park Multi-Day Tickets

3 Park, Park-to-Park tickets are valid for Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure AND Volcano Bay.

Universal Studios™

This is the flagship theme park for Universal Orlando Resort™. Not only will you experience some thrilling theme park rides but you can also see many backstage props of popular Universal™ movies.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure™

If you are into thrill rides and roller coasters, add this exciting theme park to your Orlando vacation itinerary. Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ is perfect for teenagers and anyone looking for a wild ride!

Universal's Volcano Bay™

Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water park opened in May of 2017 and is the first water park to join the Universal Studios Orlando™ family. It has everything you’d expect from a water park – water slides, lazy rivers, dining options, and more.

Universal CityWalk™

Universal Studios Resort CityWalk™ is not a theme park; it is a Universal Studios™ Downtown shopping area. Find entertainment each night, a huge Lowes Cinema as well as numerous great restaurants.

Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at Universal Studios™ in Orlando, the world premiere movie, and TV-based theme park.

It’s everybody’s fantasy… to leap through the screen and find yourself in the middle of your favorite motion pictures. Here at Universal Studios™, YOU become the star of some of the greatest movies and TV shows ever made.

Special Needs

Universal Studios Orlando™ does an outstanding job of ensuring everyone has a great time during their vacation. If you have a disability or you are traveling with someone with special needs, please read the section below.

Universal Orlando Resort™ Planning Guides

Get the most out of your trip to the Universal Orlando Resort™! Check out these planning guides to help you see as much as possible, no matter how long you are here!

Explore 1 Day in Both Parks Planning Guide

Explore 2 Day in Both Parks Planning Guide

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